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. it establishes european parliamentary system. six suicide bombers stormed a u.s. aid compound in northern afghanistan early today. at least four other people were killed. none of them americans. two were wounded. the taliban claimed responsibility. meantime, general petraeus arrived in kabul. he is taking over u.s. and nato operations in afghanistan, following the resignation of general stanley mcchrystal last week. media reports say iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad wants to ban signature western products such as coca-cola. in retaliation for new sanctions against his nuclear program. chief washington correspondent jim angle looks at the latest effort to put the squeeze on iran. >> reporter: president obama now signed a bipartisan bill passed by congress to tighten sanctions on iran in hopes to deter the nuclear program. >> there should be no doubt the united states and the international community are determined to prevent iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. >> the u.s. action follows u.n. security council passage of additional sanctions in early june and the u.s. sanctions build on
to be sputtering? arizona governor fires back over immigration. a tribute to the longest serving senator in u.s. history raises eyebrows. from the studio in washington, this is "special report." i'm bret baier. we begin on the fox news job hunt with the june unemployment numbers. national jobless rate declined from 9.7% to 9.5%. president obama declared the economy headed in the right direction but as correspondent james rosen reports other numbers offer evidence of a darker view. >> the economy created 600,000 private sector job this year. start turn around from last year when we lost 3.7 million jobs in height of the recession. >> reporter: that was one way of reading a labor department june employment data. here is another. private sector added 83,000 jobs last month. on the plus side of the ledger to be sure, but 25% short of what the analysts predicted. the three-month average for job growth in the private sector, which reached 154,000 from february to april now stands at 119,000. unmistakable sign the recovery is losing steam. >> i think what you are seeing is what a fact of life about re
the united states and russia. stand by. the defense secretary reveals his choice to be the new head of the u.s. military's central command. it's a u.s. marine general who once said it's fun to shoot some people. this hour the pentagon's problem. military brass with loose lips, and republican party chairman michael steele insists he's 100% behind the u.s. troops, but is that enough to satisfy conservatives who say it's past time for him to go. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> well, let's begin with the breaking news right now. all ten russian suspects appearing in a new york court pleaded guilty just a little while ago in connection with the stunning spy case, and now after days of speculation about a possible spy swap between the united states and russia, we've learned how the exchange is about to play out. let's bring in our foreign affairs correspondent jill doherty. she's got new information just coming in. jill, tell us what you know. >> reporter: right. wolf, this is -- we just got this. it's from the u.s. justice department, and this is a letter from the justice depa
the u.s. and israel agree it's time for tas for -- face to face peace talks between israel hes and palestinians but several sticking points remain, including border security and israeli settlements. senior white house correspondent major garrett is reporting live on the north lawn. major, is it oversimplifying things to say this new phase of the obama-netanyahu relationship will be sealed with a photograph? >> reporter: it really isn't, jon. the last time prime minister netanyahu was at the white house there were no photographs, no press coverage of the meetings and that created the atmosphere that tph*epb yahoo and president obama did not agree on fundamental issues crucial to the u.s.-israeli relationship. both sides tried to paper over the differences but without any sort of publicly visual express of support, there was a moment for both countries to say wait a minute this relationship may be getting off track and what we had moments arc the israeli prime minister arriving precisely on time, driving from the blair house where he's saying to see president obama. we'll see the
until i have confidence that u.s. taxpayer money is not being abused to line the pockets of corrupt afghan government officials, g drug lords and terrorists. can you respond, first of all, to the allegation that people with political connections are getting off? >> that's not true. we have prosecuted a number of high ranking officials in the afghan government. that process will continue. every government official, high ranking official is now required to -- there's a lot of misinformation. for instance, that report by nita lowey tt came out was related to the flow of cash out of kabul airport. the fact is that out of the $19.6 million that the united states is giving to afghanistan in the past three years, only $1 billi billion, 5% of the money has been given to the afghan government. there is waste. there is corruption. but a lot of it has nothing to do with the afghan government. it is the -- >> what's worrisome, i think, to congress, to americans, is that it's not, oh, there's corruption in government. because governments do have their corruption parts. it's that the president
of the u.s. and israel make nice and talk about making peace with the palestinians. we'll get reaction to what nasa chief says is the new prime directive from president obama: outreach to muslims. live from the studio in washington, this is "special report." good evening, i'm bret baier. a white house under fire from critics for not securing the southern border, today went to court to keep arizona from trying to do the job itself. the administration followed suit on a threat to file a lawsuit against the arizona enforcement policy of immigration. setting stage for major battle. anita vogel is following the story from los angeles. the department of justice stepped forward over arizona's immigration law, giving police right to determine person's immigration status in the enforcement of other laws such as traffic stops. the federal law argues a couple of constitutional points; primarily, in our constitutional system the federal government has preeminent authority to regulate immigration matters and arizona's law will impose significant and counterproductive burdens on the federal agencies
, including u.s. troops overseas. as we reported yesterday, vice president joe biden has made a surprise visit to the american forces in iraq. biden is there working to end a political stalemate ahead of the planned withdrawal of u.s. combat forces. andrea mitchell is traveling with the vice president. good morning. >> reporter: alex, good morning. happy fourth of july to you from baghdad, where vice president joe biden and his wife, jill, are naturalizing 153 u.s. troops who are becoming u.s. citizens today. what better day to do it than on july 4th. also a serious mission here, political and diplomatic. the vice president is trying to push the iraqis all of the factions that have been arguing since election four months ago, trying to push them toward a permanent government. the importance of that is that the u.s. combat mission is scheduled to end on august 31st. and a troop draw-down of u.s. forces to 50,000. currently it's 82,000. still, optimistic, the vice president says that everything is proceeding on that timetable. officials traveling with him say that the combat mission will be turn
for the u.s. the whole exchange happened on an airport tarmac in vienna, austr austria. one plane headed east and the other headed west. matthew chance is in moscow with the latest. >> reporter: that's right. the biggest spy swap since the end of the cold war has taken place on the tarmac of the airports in the austrian capital of view any. the plane carrying the ten confessed spies from the united states, confessed to working for russia. landed at the airport a short time ago. couple of hours ago now. it was followed quickly afterwards by an official aircraft from russia which was carrying four people pardoned by russian serving the lengthy prison sentences in russian jails for spying for western powers, including the united states. the exchange took place on the tarmac which men none of the -- people actually entered the country of austria. the one plane carrying the four from russia has taken off and landed, we understand, now from the united kingdom. the other aircraft carrying the ten russians arraigned in new york is still on its way back to the russian capital. >> this was all par
to appropriate one more dime for the assistance in afghanistan until i have confidence the u.s. taxpayer money is not being abused to line the pockets of corrupt afghan government officials and drug lords and terrorists. can you respond to the allegation that people with political connections are getting off? >> that's not true. we prosecuted a number of high ranking officials in the afghanistan government. that process will continue. there is a lot of mi misinformation. there is a report about the cash coming out of the kabul airport. out of the $19.6 million that the united states is giving to the afghanistan is the past three years, only $1 billion, 5% of the u.s. money has been given to the afghan government. yes, there is waste and corruption, but a lot of it has nothing to do with the afghan government. it's the contracting system. whach >> what is worry some to congressman and americans, is governments do have the corruption parts, it's that the president is corrupt, that he, you know, he was corrupt from the election on. he is trying to help his friends. that is more difficult, because
>> gregg: we're getting word of an attack on a u.s. embassy in baghdad. i'm gregg jarrett a. we're told the compound itself coming under pretty heavy fire. joe biden was visiting the troops. david has the latest from baghdad. >> reporter: rescue sources says three more rockets landed in the vicinity of the u.s. embassy compound in the international zone about a mile from where i'm standing now. they are saying no comment from the embassy but some people have suggested that the firings were heard coming from the embassy, but no reports of casualties. we do know the vice president visited the embassy over the past 24 hours and the embassy does come under sporadic rocket attacks really since 2003. so we're watching this story closely. as i said, at the moment we do understand that the embassy has come under attack from rockets or mortars. back to you, gregg. >> gregg: it's good news that they are getting the all clear in the vicinity. explain the purpose of the vice president's trip and what he has accomplished. >> reporter: he has accomplished two things. support for the troops, o
is your "situation room." >>> happy birthday, rick. happening now, the u.s. economy loses jobs for the first time this year. the president insists that the recovery is moving forward but americans who are desperate for a paycheck may not be buying that. and two more alleged russian spies reveal their true identities. we'll look at the perils of being a secret agent with kids. and we'll hear from the grown son of one of the suspects. >>> and a leading conservative is calling on the republican party chairman to do his patriotic duty this july 4th by resigning. how long can michael steele hang on to his job? wolf blitzer is off today. i'm suzanne malveaux and you're in "the situation room." >>> well job gains in america hit a wall now adding to fears that the nation may be socked with a second recession. there are new figures that show that the economy lost 125,000 jobs in june. now you can see there had been job growth every month in 2010 until the june slide. the loss is mostly due to the fact that the census is over and those jobs related to the census went away. the overall un
we'll have that whole interview for you. first eric shawn and brand-new reporting. the u.s. commission of civil rights is demanding answers into why the decision was made to drop a high profile voter intimidation case against members of the new black panthers after it had already won. tomorrow the commission will hear from j. christian adams, that man right there, a doj attorney who quit his job and turned whistle belower -- whistle-blower over the handling of this case. he told us last week that soupb is lying about the reasons why charges were not pursued under the leadership of attorney general eric holder. it started after this video cause shot outside a philadelphia polling station on election day in 2008. new black panthers party members, one with a night stick glaring at voters. in one case allegedly tried to keep people out of the following place. eric shawn is live in our new york newsroom with the new details. >> reporter: he was a justice department lawyer in the voting rights division, that is the unit that is supposed to protect the rights of voters across the
undercover russian agents and would it could many for u.s.- russia relateses. later john hall discusses how florida is dealing with a $6 billion budget shortfall. wurenl is next. dd >> on this fourth of july weekend there is a 9.5% unemployment rate members of congress are returning home to. one headline says this will be big electoral implications for members of congress. and as far as budgets go, lots of towns around the country not doing fireworks this weekend. antioch, california, louisville, jersey city. they say they just don't have enough money to celebrate with fireworks this independence day. general david petraeus takes over in afghanistan officially tomorrow at a ceremony and the head of the republican national committee michael steele back here in the u.s. is backtracking after some remarks he made about afghanistan. both parties are after him this morning and we want to ask you this question -- should michael steele of the r.n.c. resign? some are suggesting that openly. here are the numbers. this michael steele story is all over the place this morning. "washington
guard. including a coast guardsman who xanded the first u.s. vessel to arrive in haiti after the earthquake, helping pave the way for one of the most complex humanitarian effort ever attempted, commander durham. this is the spirit of which adams spoke so long ago. you are the men and women who toil to defend these states. you are patriots. and you have earned your place among the greatest of generations. yet on this day we know that america's journey is not sustained by those in uniform alone. it must be the calling and cause of every american. so let us ensure that our troops always have the support that they need to succeed in the missions we ask of them, and that includes public support here at home. let us forge a national commitment to support our extraordinary military families, not just now, during war, but at have stage of your lives and thank -- thanks to michelle and joe biden for challenging us to do that. let us resolve as citizens to carry on the improbable experience that began more than 00 years ago. not simply declaring our principles but living them here at h
in u.s. military spending. they write this in a joint article. "we may not agree on what to do with the estimated $1 trillion in savings, but we do agree that nothing -- we do agree that nothing either of us cares diply about will be possible if we do not begin to face this issue now." representatives frank and paul are joining us together from their respective states. congressman, thanks very much for coming in. how did you guys team up to call for this massive cut in u.s. military spending? congressman paul? >> well, the two of us have talked about this over the years. barne was motivated to come to me and ask me about this, about setting up a commission to do the study. set out a program. and it's not going to happen tomorrow. it's a ten-year program. he asked me if i'd be interested in doing a little bit more work. i obviously agreed to do that. i've almost looking for an opportunity to bring progressive democrats together with conse e conservative libertarian types because there are places where we can agree. >> let's talk about the specifics you have in mind. congressman
there and how will that impact the timetable for u.s. troop withdrawal? jon: bottom box, live in new york, just one of the cities where the heat is on big time, the northeast looking at triple digit temps. how long will this heat wave last and how long can you stay safe and cool during this summer sizler? >>> a new leader taking charge of the war in afghanistan. general david petraeus, formally assuming command, telling the 130,000 international troops you said his command, we are in this to win. petraeus, quickly stepping in to replace general stanley mcchrystal who resigned after those controversial remarks he made to rolling stone magazine. petraeus is in charge of turning around an increasingly deadly war at a critical time. he was just months -- he has just months, i should say, to convince both the afghan people and neighboring nations that the u.s. is committed to keeping al-qaeda out of that country. major garrett is live from the white house for us now. we all know june was the deadliest month of the afghan war, major, one of the issues facing u.s. forces, those rules of engagement. wh
>> a u.s. marine headed to afghanistan gunned down near baltimore's block. >> this is a heinous senseless3 murder of a hero. >> what he was doing minutes before he was shot. and how police are trying to track down his killer. >> a deadly rag race in maryland. two years ago. why police say it could happen again this week, at almost the same spot. %-wave.ready for another heat how temperaturee will rise vee the weekend and how long it will be before we get some rain, inú the sky watch forecast. >> and living to a 100. >> live in high definition, from wbff tv in baltimore, this is ú%x 45 news at 10:00. >> hello, i am jeff barnd. >> and i am karen parks. the u.s. mariie set to return to afghanistan, is shot and killed. aad inside of a baltimore city nightclub. >> myranda stephens standing by3 live downtown with more on how his plans tooo a tragic turn. myranda? >>>ell, jeff and karen, by all accounts, chase love was a marine ready for war. but instead of returniin to afghanistan, he died in a battle ú% a different kind. inside of thii baltimore lounge. >> custooer came and said
tries to push the reset button on u.s. relations with israel. will this go around with prime minister benjamin netanyahu be any different? this hour the talks, the tension, and the struggle for middle east peace. >>> also, the psychological toll of the gulf oil spill. a new move to make sure that bp helped victims of mental stress. >>> and the british royals may be watching their pennies but that's not stopping the queen from making a whirlwind trip to new york. wolf blitzers off today. i'm suzanne malveaux and you're in "the situation room." >>> new move today by israel setting the stage for tomorrow's high stakes talks between benjamin netanyahu, the prime minister, and president obama. now, israel is announcing a change in its controversial blockade policy to allow more goods into gaza but at the same time israel is refusing to apologize to turkey for an israeli raid on an aid ship to gaza that killed nine turkish citizens. i want to bring in our white house correspondent dan lothian. dan, it almost seems like groundhog's day. there have been so many visits between netanyahu and pr
of engagement and allow the u.s. forces to bring in fire power from above and fire their own weapons even when they can't see taliban attackers. if you are out on sniped or ambushed, you can't fire back unless you are visualizing who is attacking you. that will be loosened up a bit. it will change the composition of the way the u.s. and nato forces combat war on the ground. he said he believes that president obama will make it conditions based and that the forces will stay longer and fight longer. >> is there a sense we can get the job done on time line suggested? >> all that joe lieberman would say and all that the lawmakers going to the region now is saying the fight can't be lost. we don't know when it will be won. this is an important question. this week in the house, 162 members of the house voted for not just making ironclad the july 2011 withdrawal deadline but requiring the president to explain how he will pull every member of the u.s. military out of afghanistan in short order. there is democratic ability to some level for the war fighting plan in afghanistan and the white house has t
the spiritual stronghold in kandahar is behind schedule. experts say the u.s. and nato forces don't get the key intelligence they need to target the taliban fighters. 102 coalition forces died in june. even with better intelligence in kandahar, those numbers are sure to increase. >> in the short term, casualties will go up. i'm convinced we can succeed and will succeed in kandahar is the key area. if we succeed there, we will succeed in the rest of this struggle. >> reporter: south carolina republican lindsey graham put petraeus' burden more succinctly. >> this is our last best to win. >> reporter: they might need new rules of engagement, but experts say don't give troops enough flexibility amongst enemies hiding amongst civilians. >> change how quickly people make decisions in allowing a soldier to engage a target or the soldier to be supported with heavier cap ber weaponry -- caliber weaponry such as 50 caliber indirect fire artillery or aviation-related assets to help him win the fight. >> reporter: petraeus told lawmakers who travel to afghanistan the rules classified for security reasons a
a in the u.s. after spending time with some 90,000 u.s. troops stationed in iraq. they plan to -- in her exclusive interview in bang dad andrea asked the vice president about the way forward in iraq and afghanistan. and she began by asking about that mortar attack near the u.s. embassy just as the vice president arrived. >> thank you very much, mr. vice president. >> thanks for being here. >> well, iraq is at such a critical stage. now, you've been here. we know that incidents are down. it's a lot safer here. that's part of your message. the iraqis are stepping up. yet in the middle of the night, what happened? >> well, actually i was getting out of the car. i was debriefing my two colleague s and we heard this whistle. it went over our head in the automobile and apparently not too far away there was an explosion. but, look, you know, that's not a big deal. it happens. and it's unusual. incidents are way, way down. know we don't talk about specifics of security. but your reaction? >> my reaction was not too dissimilar to yours. he said let's go inside. i thought let me finish the debr de
general david petraeus assuming command of u.s. and nato forces in afghanistan. he's stepping into a place general stanley mcchrystal, you may recall, resigned following the controversial comments he made to "rolling stone" magazine and the general takes over what may be a critical time for the war. both behind the scenes and, on the front lines. connor powell streaming live from afghanistan with the latest. general david petraeus takes over this morning, any big changes expected immediately? >> well, eric, general petraeus now is about 150,000 u.s. and international troops here as part of the nato isaf effort here in afghanistan and he reiterated today what he said the past few days. there will be no major changes to the strategy and he backs the strategy general stanley mcchrystal put in place and, the general was part of designing the strategy, so, it is not surprising that he is not going to change it but he reiterated today, simply saying the leadership may change from time-to-time here, the strategy will stay the same, but, perhaps the greater challenge in addition to implementing th
as the eastern u.s. bakes in the summer sun. >>> good morning, we're glad you're with us on this monday. after 2 1/2 months and no end in sight, the price tag for the worst environmental disaster in history keeps growing for bp. >> company has now said it has spent $3 billion trying to plug the hole, paying claims to reimbursing the government. and this morning, more of the gulf is closed to fishing. >> 81,000 square miles now off-limits as bad weather keeps many of the oil skimmers in port. matt gutman reports. >> reporter: as the oil gushes, bp is hemorrhaging cash. $1 billion a month on the cleanup alone. abc news learned that the embattled company has demand its 22 minority partners in this botched well pitch in and pay $400 million for the month of may alone. june hasn't been tallied. and having lost half of its stock value since the spill, the company is scanning reportedly for investors all of that as this well shoots 1 million gallons of oil into the gulf today a day. and to clean it up, the world's largest skimmer continues to proul the gulf for oil. bp and the coast guard will decide i
the u.s., off to vienna last night. moscow and washington moving quickly to swap spies and bring an end to an embarrassing mess. >>> the new king of south beach lebron james tells the world he is leaving cleveland for miami to play for the heat. while one city rejoices, the other mourns. we will have reaction just ahead sg. >> e-mails announcing the deaths of several u.s. senators went out to news organizations. they looked legit. it was all one big fat joke and not a funny one. now, the capital police are investigating that. the latest from our team in d.c. coming up. >>> the a.m. fix blog up and running. what's your announcement to the lebron james announcement or anything else in the news. go to cnn.com/a.m. fix. >>> the big story we have been talking about. ten convicted russian spies have touched down in vienna, austria. they were on a jet to laguardia after being expelled from the united states. the two superpowers showed how quickly governments can get things done when motivated working with lightning speed to put an embarrassing incident behind them. susan is here. what's the la
supplier of fuel to the u.s. military. for more up to the minute coverage of the disaster in the gulf, head to fox news to the come. we have every angle covered on the spill. efforts to contain and it details on how you can help. that's at foxnews.com. fresh fall-out today for the rnc chairman michael steele after his controversial comments about afghanistan. and some members of his own party are questioning whether he can even keep his job. all because of a tape that surfaced showing steele's comments at a connecticut fundraiser last week. somebody asked him about how president obama is handling the war in afghanistan. listen to how he replied. >> this was a war of obama's chzing. this is not something that the united states had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in. well, if he's such a student of history, has he not understood that you know, that's the one thing you don't do is engage in a land war in afghanistan? all right? because everyone who has tried over a thousand years of history, has failed. >> jon: did you hear what he said at the beginning there that afghanistan was a war
the audience the u.s. was in the nine-year-old war to win. joining me from kabul, senator john mccain. he's leading a dellication to afghanistan. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. good to be with you. >> general petraeus assumed command in afghanistan earlier today, and here is how he defined a critical moment in the fight. >> we're engaged in a contest of will. our enemies are doing all they can to undermine the confidence of the afghan people. in so doing, they're killing and maiming innocent civilians on a daily basis. no tactic is beneath the insurgents. >> a lot of americans are wondering after nine years of war, the taliban has the momentum in this fight. >> well, i'm not sure that the taliban have the momentum right now, jake. the taliban obviously are entrenched in places and parts of the outskirts of kandahar, areas where they're still in control. there has been some progress. it's been hard fought and with great sacrifice. but there's no doubt that we spent a lot of time and effort, american blood and treasure on iraq and now is the time for us to continue this mission and
, their history -- the roots. i am incredibly proud of being a u.s. citizen and having been born in mexico. a few years ago, i was talking to a writer from chile, and she was telling me that for many years, she was having these conflicts. she did not know if she was from chile or if she was from the united states. she felt that she needed to choose, and then, 9/11 game, and she realized she did not have to choose, that she could be at the same time from the united states and from chile. i do not have to chose. i can be from both, and i am very proud to be from both countries. >> "dying to cross," which was written after the victoria, texas, where the 19 people died? >> 19 people died trying to get into the united states. >> you are writing this, the mexican government has never under any administration in any type of serious effort to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants to the north, never. that is because it was not and is not in the country's best interest. the main focus of prism vincente fox's a little campaign was about crossing the border illegally, but the end result was nothing more
for another month. those russians accused of spying in the u.s. may be heading home in a prisoner swap. it was widely reported today that an exchange is in the works. five of the russian suspects were being moved from virginia and boston, to new york. the other five suspects are already there. they could be traded for several people convicted in russia of passing secrets to the u.s. more than 50 iraqis were killed in attacks across baghdad today. 32 of them died in a suicide bombing. the victims were shi-ite pilgrims crossing a bridge to a shrine to commemorate a shi-ite saint. the attack came despite tight security. the u.s. toll in afghanistan rose again today as three more troops died in a roadside bombing in the south. that made 10 americans killed so far in july. also today, an airstrike mistakenly killed five afghan soldiers in the east. the afghan ministry of defense-- m.o.d.-- complained, and the international security assistance force-- i-saf--said a joint investigation was underway. >> ( translated ): we have started investigating the incident since this morning, we also con
will plead guilty to being unregistered russian agents in the u.s. and agree to leave the country. now, our understanding, andrea, is this will not be a one-for-one exchange. they'll leave and go back to russia and in return, the russians will send probably three or four people that the u.s. would like to get back or get to the u.s., people who have been charged with spying for the united states in russia. we know one of them, igor sutyagin who was convicted six years ago, sentenced to 15 years of providing what the russians said was classified information to the u.s., something he has always denied. but we don't know the identity of all of them. but that's apparently how this is going to happen, andrea. if it does go ahead as planned, it's very possible that the ten in the u.s. coulding on a plane by tonight. >> this is just amazing, pete, for those of us who covered the disdents and how we were making exchanges back then, months and months of secret negotiations and hot line conversations. this is really almost instantaneous. it says a lot about the new open relationship. >> reporter: i t
them to one of the new york airports to be transported to moscow. >> as the u.s. strikes a deal with the former enemy, it mends fences with an old friend. >> the bond between israel and the united states is unbreakable. >> the bond between the united states and israel is unbreakable. >> while on the domestic front, republicans and democrats look for a little mojo. with the president on the campaign trail -- >> hello, nevada, hello kansas city! >> carnahan wants to move forward. missouri wants to move forward. that's the choice in this election. moving backwards or moving forwards. >> as republicans debate among themselves, who speaks for the party? >> every time something happens, you know, people say oh, step down. well, the reality is that's not happening. so stop the noise on that. >> you don't want to mess with me. >> i'm joined by pierre thomas of abc news, christi parsons of "tribune" newspapers, john harwood of cnbc and "the new york times," and john dickerson of "slate" magazine and cbs news.>> award-winning reporting and analysis, covering history as it happens. live fr
converted and it actually came into u.s. waters about a week ago last friday and couldn't have been used earlier. it's just manufactured and brought into the gulf. >> one of the things that the guy in charge of this company says is that it can produce 15 million gallons of oily water a day. seems like a tremendous amount. do you think it can really hit that number? >> well, i'd be very surprised if it hits that number. that's the theoretical capacity. that assumes calm water and thick oil all the time. but even if you're getting 10%, that's a big step in the right direction and it can work 24 hours a day on scene, all the time. doesn't have to worry about the heavy weather. may not allow it to collect oil as effectively as calm weather but the ship doesn't have to come in and if properly managed, can be skimming 24 hours a day. i have hopes to help an awful lot in getting oil off the surface offshore before the oil comes on shore and causes more damage. >> professor, since we heard a little barking there at the beginning, man's best friend, obviously, what kind of dog do you have? >> it
, build its reputation back in the u.s. >> jim, how significant is it that bp is naming an american to head the company? >> reporter: i think it's very significant, bob dudley's been around for a very long time. he was at amoco, if you recall amoco was taken over by bp in a merger in 1998. he went to -- grew up in mississippi so he knows that region very well. he has been in the gulf on and off during this whole oil spill. went to smu, university of illinois. so he is very much well known in the u.s. and they are hoping that as this first non-british ceo that he can repair bp's damage. he's got a on in his hands, as you say. they are setting aside $32.5 billion to clean up the oil spill. there will probably need to be more money as well. there is the issue of selling more than $30 billion worth of u.s. assets. that will be one of the many things on bob dudley's plate. >> jim boulden in london, thank you so much. >>> in 25 minutes we'll get a never-before-seen interview with outgoing ceo tony hayward, conducted in the early days of the disaster in the gulf. david matti intingly is pr
journal this is "washington journal."> > . \. the u.s. recently opened itself to the most intense scrutiny yet by the international monetary fund, and on thursday was offered a bitter pill when the agency criticized some well-defended aspects of american culture. cheap fuel, sub deciding housing and a government retirement check. >> we want to get your reaction to the imf calling for the u.s. to make lifestyle changes. call the numbers on the screen. you can also tweet us at twitter.com/cspanwj or send an email to journal@c-span.org here are the numbers again to call in. this is back to the "washington post" article on the imf report calling for the u.s. lifestyle changes. the risks are tilted to the downside david robinson of the western hemisphere said as he presented the annual assessment of the u.s. economy in its first-ever review of the financial sector. host: now we got the imf report that just came out yesterday, and here's what it said -- in part of this report, and this is at imf.org if you want to read it for yourself. the obama administration's intention to freeze non-security
the u.s. and russia has reached based on dialogue the presidents have had, defense officials have had. >> there has been many reports on the reach of sanctions -- breach of sanctions. what are you doing to [inaudible] >> with the recent security council of resolution, now comes the important step of implementing it. every country has a responsibility to abide by its international obligations. we have had a specific conversation with iraq over the past couple of weeks, but that is something -- i will check to see if that was on his list of topics. >> they are in violation of these sections. >> i will check to see if this was an issue that was raised in the last couple of days. >> [inaudible] [unintelligible] >> no, the elections have taken place. these were decisions for the japanese people to make. we will work closely with the japanese government on issues of mutual concern. >> no concerns whatsoever? [unintelligible] >> i will defer to japanese political commentators to describe the applications. we will work closely with the japanese government. >> on north korea. there will be a m
after the deadliest month yet for u.s. troops. can he turn the tide? >>> help on the gulf. that giant oil skimmer is finally at sea. it could be a game changer, cleaning millions of water a day, but we still don't know if it actually works. >>> secret revealed. scientists crack an age old mystery. just what did thomas jefferson smudge out on the first draft of the declaration of independence. we have the surprising answer. >>> and move over lebron, the most sought after free agent isn't the nba star. it's the pint sized competitive eater who refuses to sign a contract. will today's hotdog eating contest be the same without him? >>> good morning, america. happy 4th of july. david muir is back, back from vacationing. have you had any sleep. >> you couldn't keep me awake. sglb anchoring every show we have on abc news. >> hope bill is having a great 4th of july. we have fired up the barbecue. we hate to do this before you pile in the food, but which barbecue staple has the same calories as one hamburger and one hotdog and two sausages and the buns. >> also look at this, fireworks have sta
visiting with u.s. troops. let's go to baghdad. do we know where the vice president may have been at the time of these attacks? >> reporter: at this stage, they are not confirming the whereabouts of the vice president or the attack. nor are they saying where they are right now. all of this is for security reasons. they are saying that a small explosion happened. they are looking into the incident. when we asked them specifically about mr. biden's whereabouts, they said this attack caused no casualties or damage. iraqi police we are talking to are saying that they believe the cause of the explosions were three mortar rounds. if you remember in september when the vice president was here, there was an attack where mortaar rounds fell as well. the vice president there was this evening giving a speech and meeting with various iraqi and u.s. officials. all of this against a backdrop of the u.s.'s continued drawdown from iraq. remember they are trying to hit that target of 50,000 troops by the end of august. we heard earlier from the vice president where he was emphasizing the security g
biden in iraq. a show of support for u.s. troops this holiday weekend, but is there another mission at hand? we're live in baghdad. >> plus, feeling the heat. the head of the republican national committee under increasing pressure from within his own party to step down. all over his recent comments about the war in afghanistan. >> so what is next for michael steele? can he survive another scandal? >> new developments on day 75 of the national skavt in the gulf. tonight, growing fears the oil spill is now moving farther east. so, we'll show you where it's headed now and is there any hope of it slowing down. >>> first off, joe biden in iraq for independence day weekend. unannounced visit to baghdad perhaps a duel mission. the vp and his wife are celebrating 4th of july with troops. but it's also a sign that they are stepping up support for the emergency democracy. the newly elected parliament is expected to meet for the second time since the march 7th vote but even so some analysts political gridlock could be set. tens of thousands of troops are set to leave in august. partial withdra
has more on the sputtering economic picture. >> reporter: the fact that u.s. businesses added only 83,000 jobs in june is a sign experts say the economy isn't recovering nearly fast enough. this comes after plummeting home sales in may, down 30%. auto sales are down 4.7%. factory orders fell 1.4%. the first drop after nine months of improvement. still, washington is at odds over how best to tackle the nation's financial woes. president obama believes more stimulus is needed to keep the sluggish economic recovery going. today he scolded republicans for failing to extend unemployment benefits before the fourth of july recess. >> republican leaders in washington just don't get it. >> reporter: but government stimulus increases the deficit, and republicans wanted to see how the benefits would be paid for before they passed them. >> we can't support job-killing taxes and adding tens of billions to the already unsustainable national debt. >> reporter: some economist argue spending is the only way to fully emerge from the recession. >> most people i know work for money, so you have to put th
will ask for more sanctions than just those passed by the u.s. and u.n. in jerusalem, reena ninan, fox news. >> bret: back here in the u.s., fishing as therapy. we'll take a look at some american heroes getting a helping hand in the water. and he is a hero to many and he is a hero to many american gun own to -- >> bret: the national rifle association is denying several media reports it has decided to support senate majority leader harry reid over republican challenger sharron angle this fall. no matter what it does in nevada, it will continue to be a source of political controversy at times. correspondent james rosen profiles the group's leader who is having a pretty good year. >> the department of justice refuses to bring the prosecutions. >> reporter: with his tireless rounds on capitol hill, with his endless availability for interviews, and his ceaseless preaching to the faithful of last year's cpac conference. >> the lie that if we would just surrender more of our second amendment, mexican drug cartel couldn't get the guns they'd get to terrorize their people at the border. i mean give
of july with the u.s. troops and meet with political leaders in area. i'll brian wilson, the america's news headquarters live from nation's capitol starts now with david piper live in baghdad with the latest on the vice president arrival. hello, david. >> reporter: hi, brian. yes, vice president biden's trip is planned to be staged in the fourth of july celebration. at the same time, it does seem at this time he has to come here, because it's a crucial time for the election. the problem with the lack of election in march is we had no government form. at this time, straight to meeting with the iraqi leaders to sort out this problem. >> brian: is security better there for the vice president now? are we in a situation it's not as dangerous as it has been in the past? >> reporter: of course, he will be inside a bubble of protection from the security forces. outside the green zone where he will meet the leaders, it's dangerous. we have attack on security forces and anyone that is linked to on the government at this time. for the moment, the violence is spiking up because of the political
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